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‘Douche du Jour’: Wayne Bell’s ‘Patriotic’ 9/11 Coloring Book Full of Bigotry & Lies

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A Missouri publisher has raised eyebrows over a children’s coloring book commemorating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, ABC News reports.

Wayne Bell, publisher of St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books, has just released “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: Kids’ Book of Freedom,” a PG-rated ‘patriotic’ commemoration of the events of a decade ago. Bell says the book is a memorial tribute. It is also “an informational piece to help educate children on events on 9/11,” he told ABC News.

The book begins with Osama bin Laden plotting to attack America and ends with him being assassinated by U.S. Navy SEALs. Children can color in the World Trade Center, George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden and other 9/11-related imagery.

Bell calls the book “a simplistic, honest tool.”

But it is anything but honest.

The book depicts Osama bin Laden hiding behind one of his wives when he was shot. Although initial reports of the assassination said he was using a wife as a human shield, Obama administration officials later backed away from that claim.

9:11 coloring bookBut more important than even those kind of details was the overall message of the children’s book: “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic extremists,” the book says. “These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. Terrorists do not attack America because they hate our freedoms, they do so because of how the United States actively deprives them of the very freedoms it claims to champion. Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal dictatorships and least free countries on the planet. The United States backs the Saudi monarchs with billions of dollars in arms and political support on the world stage. Weapons provided by the United States are used to brutally repress the Saudi people, who face arrest, torture and execution for a litany of “crimes” big and small.

It’s not just Saudi Arabia; the U.S. backs the Bahraini monarchy even as it tortures and murders pro-democracy demonstrators, the doctors who treat them and even schoolgirls as young as 12. The U.S. also backs undemocratic regimes in Morocco, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Pakistan and, until recently, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt.

And let’s not forget the elephant in the room– Israel. Unflinching American support for Israeli ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in the form of $3 billion in annual military aid to the racist, apartheid Jewish state has spawned untold legions of terrorists.

Far from supporting freedom in the Muslim world, the United States has gone to great lengths to crush it. Let us not forget that the U.S. was the main backer of Saddam Hussein, until he stopped following Washington’s orders. American aid flowed generously to the bloody dictator even after President Reagan learned that he has used chemical weapons (the components of which were sold to him by the freedom-loving USA) on his own people. It was only when Saddam threatened the stability of the world’s oil supply by invading Kuwait that President Bush the First finally turned his fury on his erstwhile ally.

Of course, it’s much easier and politically acceptable to say the terrorists “hate us for our freedoms.” George W. Bush and his ilk used such black-and-white, with-us-or-against-us speech to their great advantage in whipping Americans into a frenzied state of post- 9/11 bloodlust. The problem is, it’s simply not true.

Even worse than this (intentional?) historical misrepresentation is the bigotry that oozes from the pages of the children’s book. “It’s disgusting,” Dawud Walid of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) told ABC News, pointing to the fact that Muslims in the book are almost always referred to as terrorists and extremists. There is an image of a mourning woman, Christian cross hanging from a chain around her neck.

“Muslim mothers lost sons too,” Walid told ABC News.

“Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions colored by those images… it instills bias in young minds,” he said.

But Bell stands by his book, which he calls “an honest depiction.”

“The truth is the truth,” he told ABC News. “It’s unfortunate that they were all Muslim and that’s the part people want to erase… I don’t know what else you can call them,” he added.

Either Wayne Bell is ignorant about the true causes of terrorism, or he is intentionally painting a wildly inaccurate picture of the motives behind the detestable and horrific 9/11 attacks in order to appeal to a base patriotism and sell lots of coloring books as the tenth anniversary of the day that changed America fast draws near. Either way, by creating a children’s book that is full of violence, lies and bigotry, Bell is contributing to the cycle of hatred and abusing the very freedom of speech that he claims to love so dearly. For this, he is our Daily Douche.

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4 Comments

  1. KarlOctober 10, 2011 at 12:04 amReply

    Just found your website while looking for answers to political questions, I like to read as many viewpoints as I cam. I find your criticism of Wayne Bell’s coloring book specious. Saudi Arabia and the other Islamic Middle Eastern nations have always had problems with Israel, even when there was no Israel. When the “Palestinians” saw how Israel had changed the dry good for nothing dirt in that land into great crop growing soil, they decided they needed a homeland. The “Palestinians” were tossed around and kicked out of all the Arab nations in the vicinity of Israel. Yasser Arafat and his group, the PLO, decided the best way to attack the greater military power, Israel, would be to send suicide(murder) bombers to restaurants, city plaza’s, buses, and other places where significant numbers of people congregated and BLOW EVERYONE UP! We have made mistakes and some of our leaders have lied and cheated some of the countries in the Middle East, but the warfare has become utter chaos because Jimmy Carter lit the fuse of destruction by helping the Ayatollah Khomeini depose the Shah of Iran.

    Israel is by far the most open society in the Middle East and is most assuredly not an apartheid government. Apartheid by definition segregates, there is no government imposed segregation coming from Israel’s leaders. People are allowed to work, eat, and gather together with whomever they choose. The segregation comes from their opponents.
    Israel continues to show great restraint when Hamas shoots rockets into their neighborhoods from Gaza, escalating from 661 rockets and mortars fired into Israel in 2002 to 3238 in 2008. You might recall, as it came with a chorus of anti-Israel hatred of too much firepower in your retaliation, the world condemned Israel for trying to stop the attacks on their homes and businesses. Since they put up the wall, the attacks have slowed down to 646 in 2009 to just one every couple days a total of 156 in 2010.
    I could go on but I will only do that by invitation.

    Sincerely,

    Karl Ready

    • Brett WilkinsOctober 10, 2011 at 8:08 amReplyAuthor

      Where to begin?
      How about with the fact that until about 100 years ago, Jews made up less than 10% of the population of what would become the state of Israel. Even at the time of the founding of the Jewish state (which was largely the result of Jewish terrorism against the British occupiers and the indigenous population of the Palestinian mandate, which the acquired with the breakup of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI), Jews made up only 30% of the population. As Israel was officially declared, the Jews expelled, often by force, some 750,000 Palestinians in a campaign of terror. Those are not my words; after the Deir Yassin Massacre, in which nearly an entire village of Palestinian men, women and children were deliberately slaughtered by troops under the command of future Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Menachem Begin, another future Israeli leader, triumphantly declared: “We created terror among the Arabs and all the villages around. In one blow, we changed the strategic situation.”

      Of course the Palestinians fought back, and often using terrorism, which was often the only effective weapon at their disposal. As would you if your homeland was stolen. Again, not my words. Listen to David Ben Gurion, the George Washington of Israel: “If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them?… There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”

      And, Ben Gurion, again: “In our political argument abroad, we minimize Arab opposition to us. But let us not ignore the truth among ourselves… a people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily…
      When we say that the Arabs are the aggressors and we defend ourselves– that is only half the truth. As regards our security and life we defend ourselves… But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down.”

      The myth of “a land without a people for a people without a land” is just that, a myth.

      Israel IS an apartheid state. There is separation of peoples, separate roads, an apartheid wall, even Arab Israeli citizens are treated as second-class. Let’s listen to Nelson Mandela, who we can both agree knows a thing or two about apartheid, right?:

      “Palestinians are not struggling for a ‘state’ but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa…. Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular, children…
      The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and apartheid policies… shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its apartheid policies.”

      I, too, can go on, but for time purposes I have to leave it here for now. Thank you for reading Moral Low Ground; respectful debate like this is why I started this site. I look forward to continuing!

  2. Truth and JusticeDecember 18, 2012 at 3:04 pmReply

    I never undertood what a racist bigot ran this blog…until I actually too 30 seconds to read it….

    Wilkins is a disgrace to not only his own race but to all of humanity. He personally does not rise even to the level of moral low ground…..a real pig…in more ways than swine allows….

  3. Deiter von KlausenDecember 18, 2012 at 6:36 pmReply

    Okay this man is clever who makes this book. He who talks without the fear of death can only write a book on this horrible mizery of terror people. It is okay Wayne for you. We like this and you are ahead of the time.

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